The Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia) issued its position paper on the Philippine Tax Reform Bill underscoring that tax reform should benefit children and youth.
Tax reform should include provisions that should guarantee 1) the transparency on public resources, 2) the earmarking of health, education, and protection and 3) the participation of members of society, including children, in the budget process.
The logic is simple: A transparent financial system contributes to increased public budget for children by impeding corruption and mismanagement of funds; Investing in social services for children is a crucial way to uphold their best interests; Lastly, encouraging children’s participation in the budget process ensures that they are able to harness and safeguard their rights and that their welfare is never forgotten in the fund-allocation process.
CRC Asia recognizes that personal income tax reduction, a major component of the tax reform package, can directly benefit children and youth. Families will have more dispensable income which they can allocate to children’s health, education, and other survival and development needs.
CRC Asia also supports the taxation of sugary drinks to promote children’s nutrition and create a healthy society. Resources gained form this should be earmarked to fulfilling children’s right to potable water in schools and other public places.
Download the .pdf file here.
The position paper was in part a result of CRC Asia’s Brownbag Session on Current Tax Reforms and Children’s Rights in the Philippines, held on 4 May 2017 at the World Vision Philippines office, and further studies by the CRC Asia members and Secretariat on the Philippine Tax Reform and Public Budgeting for Children.
In the last three years, CRC Asia has been actively working with experts and children in helping draft the UN CRC General Comment No. 19 on Public Budgeting for the Realization of Children’s Rights. It has also contributed to and reproduced the child-friendly booklet: “Public Budgets: How Governments Should Spend Money for Children’s Rights.”
*Feature image from the Department of Finance
In 2015, CRC produced a child-friendly material which provided children with an overview of ASEAN and related mechanisms where they can meaningfully engage leaders on child rights. This year, CRC Asia wanted to further enhance the knowledge of children on ASEAN while working on one of its advocacy issues – child protection, particularly the elimination of violence against children.
For this, CRC Asia produced another child-friendly material so children can better understand the ASEAN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children, ASEAN mechanisms to address this problem, as well as ways in which children can participate.
The child-friendly material is in a handy journal form. It contains text and drawings explaining the learning topics. The writing pages is peppered with a child-friendly version of the articles of UN Convention of the Right so the Child (UNCRC).
The child-friendly material was produced with the support of Save the Children, Plan International, and UNICEF.
Here’s a sneak peek:
To download, please click here.
The Child Rights Coalition Asia has produced a child-friendly journal meant to provide children with an overview of ASEAN and related mechanisms where they can meaningfully engage leaders on child rights. The journal seeks to create interest and better recall among children about ASEAN as a potential area for children’s advocacy work on child rights. The writing pages are peppered with simplified articles of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.
Here’s a sneak peek:
To download the journal, click here.
On March 23, CRC Asia hosted a brown bag session with child rights advocates on the role of DNA testing in protecting children. Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria, head of the University of the Philippines DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute, provided informative inputs to the discussion which happened at the CRC Asia office in Quezon City, Philippines.
Dr. De Ungria’s presentation contained the following:
I. DNA and the Philippine Justice System
- Value of DNA evidence
- Rule on DNA evidence
- Issues raised against DNA evidence
- DNA evidence in court
II. The DNA Technology
- Overview of DNA forensics
- Use of DNA tests in investigating child trafficking cases
- Challenges in using DNA technology
The group, which composed of CRC Asia staff and child rights advocates from ECPAT Philippines, Miriam College, and Ateneo Human Rights Center, also discussed DNA testing in the context of adoption cases, solving crimes that involve children, as well as identifying victims during massive natural disasters like super typhoon Haiyan, especially children. The group also explored the possibility of using DNA testing to match children survivors to people who claim to be next of kin in order to prevent child trafficking. Dr. De Ungria urged child groups to launch and support policy advocacy for these.
Later, the group touched on recent studies claiming that a history of abuse during childhood is likely to cause chemical changes to children’s DNA which could affect their ability to respond to and rebound from stress.
The brown bag session proceedings can be viewed here in five parts:
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On March 26, 2015, CRC Asia participated in a roundtable discussion on Child-Friendly Internet at the RightsCon Southeast Asia Summit in Manila (http://www.rightscon.asia). The session, hosted by DotKids Foundation, is entitled Creating Child-Friendly Cyberspace — Balancing right to access and child protection. CRC Asia and members of other child rights groups talked about potential benefits to and threats on children who go online and the importance of considering child rights vis-a-vis internet use.
Click here to access the presentation of Ms. Amihan Abueva, CRC Asia’s Regional Executive Director.
This material is intended for children and young people as well as adult child rights advocates. It is hoped that this material will help them understand ASEAN and encourage them to come up with ideas how children can be involved in its work to promote and protect children’s rights. This document which is based on available documents has two parts: (1) Introduction to ASEAN and (2) Introduction to Child Participation. In both discussions, concrete examples of spaces and activities that children have tried out before and those that can be explored in the future have been highlighted. Each country has different experiences and does have diverse circumstances that facilitate or inhibit children’s participation. This material hopes that some of the documented experiences can inspire children’s organizations to find their own creative and meaningful ways to participate in society.
This reference material is a product of collaboration involving various organizations, namely FORUM-ASIA and the Child Rights Coalition – Asia. Terres De Hommes Germany provided generous support for the success of this project.